Group Leader Position at The Sainsbury Laboratory

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The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) is an institute with global impact, dedicated to excellence in the fields of plant health and molecular plant-microbe interactions. TSL scientists carry out curiosity-driven fundamental research as well as developing solutions to many of the world’s most important and emerging plant diseases.

TSL is a partnership between The University of East Anglia, BBSRC and The Gatsby Charitable Foundation. In partnership with the John Innes Centre TSL is part of the BBSRC Plant Health Institute Strategic Programme. For more information visit

Over the next two years, we aim to recruit three outstanding and highly motivated early-career scientists to lead research groups that make ground-breaking discoveries on any aspect of inter-organismal interactions that impact plant health. One position is available immediately.

TSL provides space, resources, free access to support teams and platform technologies, shared access for large equipment and the freedom for Group Leaders to develop an independent research programme.

Group Leaders are appointed for five years, with a possible extension of up to three years dependent on external evaluation.

The appointee will be provided with an internationally competitive salary and a generous core budget.

TSL is committed to the promotion of equality, diversity, and inclusion in science. Applicants from underrepresented minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Prof. Nicholas Talbot

Formal Application Process

Applicants should provide:

1) Covering letter, including

  • Two-page statement of research interests
  • One-page list of up to five publications (including preprints) with brief statement of scientific contribution
  • Names of three referees

2) CV including full publications list.

Please apply on-line by clicking the 'Apply now' button.

Review of applications will start February 1, 2023. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.